• Likes annual pumpkin decoration

    To the editor:
    Every year on Halloween, coming from Calabash traveling on Georgetown Road, there has been a pumpkin on a tree that has two branches sticking up on either side with a small one in the center with a pumpkin on it, except for last year. This year, I spotted it again.
    Whoever is doing it, I want you to realize people have noticed when it is there and when it’s not there. It has a certain mystery about it. Thank you whoever you are.
    Mary Benes
    Sunset Beach


  • Trust, but verify

    To the editor:
    Sunset Beach’s annual report contends the town has been awarded $1,350,000 in grants for its boat ramp. According to the town, that includes $500,000 from the county and $350,000 from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). Not true and disingenuous at best.

  • Vote for Brennan

    To the editor:
    I’ve had the pleasure of serving on our POA board (Village at Calabash) with Bill Brennan for more than a year, and I’ve known him since I first moved here nine years ago.
    Bill has always been available to help out wherever help is needed. He serves on the town of Carolina Shores HOA/POA Advisory Board and is our development’s liaison between the town and our POA. Bill is knowledgeable about all six developments that make up the town of Carolina Shores and is well informed about their needs.

  • Sunset Beach parking

    To the editor:
    In response to the letter: “Taxpayers group protects itself:”
    The Sunset Beach Town Council realized parking on the island’s side streets was invading private property ownership and took appropriate action.
    The shoulders on these streets are only 5 feet wide. State law requires all four wheels be off the 20-foot roadbed to allow emergency vehicles to proceed safely. That meant two of the wheels and the car door opening and discharging of passengers were taking place on private property.

  • Liked column about couple

    To the editor:
    I live in Pinehurst but was recently down at our vacation home at Ocean Isle Beach. I happened to pick up the Beacon and was so touched by your story about the homeless couple. It showed a lot of sensitivity and compassion on your part. It made me think about the countless times I have been in a similar situation but was either too afraid to reach out or simply not trusting.

  • Dale is not the way to go

    To the editor:
    During a meeting of Carolina Shores commissioners, I made a suggestion during public comment. Gere Dale also spoke and said my suggestion was ridiculous. Let me tell you (using Mr. Dale’s own words) what is ridiculous: Dale is running for commissioner again.
    The last time he served, he supported and voted to give the then-assistant town manager a contract, which residents did not want and cost the town thousands to settle.
    Dale supported and voted for a change in the form of government for the town, which residents did not want.

  • Be a part of the solution

    To the editor:
    With all the to-do about what should be done with a small area adjacent to the town hall of Carolina Shores, everyone seems to have an opinion. It amazes me that most of the people who have sent editorials to the Beacon have never taken any time to learn all of the facts, attend any meetings, and be part of the solution, not the problem.

  • Inaccurate information

    To the editor:
    I have never read an accurate word written by the CCCS except who they endorse. The worst example is Mary Pritchard’s writing last week that CCCS’ mantra is integrity/credibility/accountability and that CCCS believes making vitriolic statements about issues is non-productive and immature.
    Given members’ behavior, that is hypocritical.

  • Supports Mike Williams

    To the editor:
    On Nov. 8, I’m voting for Mike Williams for Sunset Beach Town Council.
    Mike is an experienced businessman and civic leader. Mike has spent 30 years as a resort community small businessman; he knows what it is like to meet a payroll and balance a budget. He has served on downtown redevelopment boards, tourism and travel commissions and as a chamber of commerce board member for 17 years. His professional background equals a well-qualified town council member.

  • Democracy is for sale

    To the editor:
    Democracy is for sale to the highest bidder, checks and balances are not working, and Wall Street has a powerful hand in preventing reform. People are angry. We are still waiting for Congress to tackle speculators who drive up cost of goods, strangling businesses, like the Mafia scalping at profits. If speculators are removed from the equation, utilities, transportation and goods will be subject to free markets again. This is how capitalism is supposed to work.